Johnson on pole for Chase kick-off in Chicago

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Sunday 16th September, 2012 - 9:11am

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Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson will start the first race of the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup from pole position after clocking the fastest time around Chicagoland Speedway in qualifying.

Johnson towards the middle of the 47 car line-up, setting a 29.53s lap that would not be beaten by the 24 contenders that followed.

Richard Petty Motorsports’ Aric Almirola came closest, missing out on a second pole for the year by just 0.037s.

Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Carl Edwards completed the top five, although Earnhardt Jr will be forced to start the race from the rear of the field after his Hendrick Chevrolet underwent a post-qualifying engine change.

For team-mate Johnson, a 27th career pole is a perfect start to his assault on a sixth title.

“It’s a great start obviously for the weekend, track position is so important and pit road is as everyone knows,” he said.

“We did everything good today, which I’m excited about. We’ve been saying all along that we’re ready for this Chase to start and to go out and prove it today was a step in the right direction.”

Australian Marcos Ambrose meanwhile will start his second race alongside crew chief Mike Ford from 17th position.

See below for the full qualifying result

POS

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

TIME

BEHIND

1 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 29.530 Leader
2 Aric Almirola Ford Farmland 29.567 -0.037
3 Matt Kenseth Ford Best Buy 29.616 -0.086
4 Dale Earnhardt   Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy / 7-Eleven / National   Guard 29.659 -0.129
5 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 29.663 -0.133
6 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 29.675 -0.145
7 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 29.678 -0.148
8 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 29.682 -0.152
9 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 29.694 -0.164
10 Joey Logano Toyota Dollar General 29.731 -0.201
11 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Libman 29.733 -0.203
12 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 29.748 -0.218
13 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 29.751 -0.221
14 Trevor Bayne Ford Good Sam Club / Camping World 29.776 -0.246
15 Mark Martin Toyota LG Partner of the Year / Aaron’s 29.792 -0.262
16 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 29.793 -0.263
17 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 29.826 -0.296
18 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 29.836 -0.306
19 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 29.855 -0.325
20 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Gene Haas Foundation Workshops 29.879 -0.349
21 Kyle Busch Toyota Wrigley 29.883 -0.353
22 Greg Biffle Ford Scotch Blue 29.913 -0.383
23 Bobby Labonte Toyota Bubba Burgers 29.923 -0.393
24 Michael McDowell Ford Phil Parsons Racing 29.954 -0.424
25 Scott Speed Ford Jordan Truck Sales 29.965 -0.435
26 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King 29.980 -0.450
27 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 29.992 -0.462
28 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 30.010 -0.480
29 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 30.018 -0.488
30 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 30.055 -0.525
31 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 30.071 -0.541
32 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 30.072 -0.542
33 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet   Stoves 30.077 -0.547
34 Mike Bliss Toyota Plinker Tactical 30.078 -0.548
35 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser Designate a Driver 30.091 -0.561
36 Cole Whitt Chevrolet Little Joes Autos.com 30.094 -0.564
37 David Ragan Ford Distraction.gov 30.123 -0.593
38 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 30.170 -0.640
39 T.J. Bell+ Ford U.S. Chrome 30.508 -0.978
40 David Gilliland+ Ford 1-800LoanMart 30.560 -1.030
41 Danica Patrick+ Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 30.649 -1.119
42 Dave Blaney+ Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 30.676 -1.146
43 Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport 30.140 -0.610
44 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 30.291 -0.761
45 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Plinker Tactical 30.343 -0.813
46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Max Q Workforce / Bradley University 30.347 -0.817
47 Jason Leffler Toyota Robinson-Blakeney Racing 30.386 -0.856

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